Eagles hold off Falcons to reach NFC title game

Mask-wearing Eagles revel in underdog status

However, a stellar defensive display ensured Philadelphia claimed a 15-10 victory, with right tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long duly finding the ideal way to celebrate. Foles finished the day having completed 23 of his 30 passes for 246 yards. The sixth-seeded Falcons finish the year with an 11-7 record. While the Eagles defense had succeeded in limiting the Falcons on offense for most of the game, Ryan was able to get them moving when he needed to most late in the fourth quarter. On other plays, he and Devonta Freeman didn't have an inch to run when Ryan handed off. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian needed to dial up a ideal play against an Eagles defense that stymied Matt Ryan all afternoon. "Yeah, absolutely. We're giving our shots to Matt and Julio to go for it to win the game".

"One week from tomorrow we come back together and we shock the world again", coach Doug Pederson told his team.

It appeared as though Jones was running a comeback route to the right sideline, but he slipped coming out of his break, leaving Ryan to look for a second option.

If you don't want to sign up for Sky, you can watch the playoffs on NowTV with their Sky Sports pass starting from £6.99. Their final game was much like the first they played this year, it came down to the very end.

"I don't remember. I was just locking in one play at a time", Jones said on the play-calling.

In the second half, the Falcons had a tough time getting ahead in down and distance. This set the Eagles up down the field at Atlanta's 33-yard line.




It's the first time the Eagles have advanced to the championship game since 2008. Five of those seven runs went for 2 yards or less, highlighting just how little room the Falcons had to run on Saturday night. This will be exposed by the Falcons offense this week.

The Eagles had used a dominant rushing attack on a long drive to take the lead earlier in the 2nd quarter.

The two sides shared a pair of touchdowns and field goals in the first half - but a missed extra point gave the Falcons a 10-9 lead going into the second half.

Jake Elliott kicked a 21-yard field goal to extend Philadelphia's lead to 15-10 over the Falcons with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter.

- Running back Jay Ajayi was traded by the Miami Dolphins to the Eagles on October 31 and has tag-teamed with LeGarrette Blount to make the Eagles' backfield more explosive and diverse. The punt return was touched by an Eagle and Atlanta recovered. Ryan somehow kept his balance before taking a big hit as he unloaded the pass, which was the 20th postseason touchdown pass of his career.

We provided live updates and analysis during Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Eagles as well as highlights, stats and additional insights. Or you can catch all the action on NFL Gamepass.

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